Updated: November 5th, 2020

Worsley Five Element Clearing Protocols in the Treatment of PTSD

Research Design by Janice Campbell and Hunter Thompson, Acupuncture Professors


OBJECTIVE: To study the treatment effect of Worsley five element acupuncture clearing protocols on post-traumatic stress disorder.

METHODS: Individuals diagnosed with PTSD by a Western medical professional will be treated with the Worsley five element acupuncture clearing protocols of all three possession treatments and aggressive energy treatment. The treatments would be done in a private setting on a weekly basis over the course of 6 weeks. The first week would be an intake only and each subsequent week would be only one of the five clearing treatments. The assessment tool to be used for assessment of PTSD symptom would be given at the initial intake and again at the beginning of each treatment to assess the changes over the previous week. The control group would consist of individuals diagnosed with PTSD by a Western medical professional who would fill out the assessment tool on a weekly basis for the total of the 6 week of the trial. Individuals would be randomly assigned to each of the groups.

EXPECTED OUTCOME: The hypothesis is that the Worsley five element acupuncture clearing protocols would provide improvement in the symptoms of PTSD as evaluated on the assessment tool. These symptoms include: quality of sleep, anger outbursts, flashbacks, muscle tension, startle response and general outlook about life.

Assessment tool: Weiss, D.S. (2007). The Impact of Event Scale: Revised. In J.P. Wilson & C.S. Tang (Eds.), Cross-cultural assessment of psychological trauma and PTSD (pp. 219-238). New York: Springer.

Parts Making a Whole: Components of a Clinical Herbalism Education

Original Research by Bevin Clare, Herbal Medicine Professor


Clinical herbalism as practiced by contemporary medical herbalists is a diverse, adaptable, and changing field. Fundamentally, the training has altered little in centuries and stays true to its roots with components involving people, plants, and their interactions. From a content perspective, the clinical education of herbalists has adapted along with clinical medicine itself. Through the examination of the many components of training necessary for a contemporary clinical herbalist, this poster will answer the question “What are the components of clinical herbalist training?” while staying true to the roots of herbal medicine as practiced for centuries.

Nanomechanics and sodium permeability of endothelial surface layer modulated by hawthorn extract WS 1442

A Research Report by Camille Freeman, Integrated Sciences Professor


Preliminary evidence suggests that hawthorn extract may support cardiovascular health via its effects on the endothelial glycocalyx, a negatively-charged mesh lining our blood vessels. This poster will introduce viewers to the glycocalyx and present the findings of Peters et al (2012).


Peters, W., Drueppel, V., Kusche-Vihrog, K., Schubert, C., & Oberleithner, H. (2012). Nanomechanics and sodium permeability of endothelial surface layer modulated by hawthorn extract WS 1442. PloS One, 7(1), e29972. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029972

Can Worsley Treatments Be Understood From a Chinese Medical Perspective?

Research Design by Celeste Homan, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Professor


Treatment protocols from the Worsley tradition, also known as Leamington acupuncture, adhere to fundamental principles of Chinese medicine when viewed from a channel perspective. Designed to rely on verifiable phenomena, these practices support a beginning acupuncturist by providing safe and effective clinical experiences that can be integrated with the practitioner’s developing medical model and clinical skills. Because the Worsley tradition emphasizes supporting the patient’s constitutional factor or CF, it lends itself to treatment of the spirit and to the practice of Chinese medicine as applied Chinese philosophy; a perspective with unlimited potential.

Using Herbarium Specimens as a Teaching Tool in Herbal Education

Research Design led by Andrew Pengelly, Herbal Medicine Professor, working with Laurie Dohmen, Herbal Medicine Student, and Kathleen Bennett, Herbal Medicine Alumni


A herbarium is a collection of preserved plants. It may be a large facility such as the Smithsonian or New York Botanical Gardens, which hold millions of species. A much smaller collection is held in the Sherman Cohn Library at MUIH. Herbarium voucher specimens are now required to validate the identity of species being used in clinical and experimental research involving medicinal plants. This poster will highlight the value of herbarium specimens as teaching tools with examples taken from courses conducted in the herbal medicine program at MUIH.

Acupoints Initiate The Healing Process

A Research Review by Heming Zhu, Integrated Sciences Professor


As one of the six major modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been widely accepted by the western world in the past four decades because of its efficacy and safety. A vast amount of acupuncture research has been done. But the mechanisms of acupuncture actions are still elusive. It is believed that the effects of acupuncture treatment begin from the moment of needle insertion. Thus this review focuses on the acupuncture points and the three major reactions at the acupuncture points when needling. These initial reactions may be the beginning of the healing process and would help us understand downstream effects induced by needling. In addition to physical reactions, this text also discusses the importance of the effects of acupuncture on the mind and emotions in the healing process.